CO-Gov, CO-7: Perlmutter Dropping Out of Gov Race and Retiring

The man who as little as a month ago looked like the front-runner to become Colorado’s next Governor is instead dropping out of the race. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D) saw his path to victory severely complicated by the entry of fellow Rep. Jared Polis (D), who unlike Perlmutter is able to massively self-fund. Polis now looks like the clear primary front-runner for the Democrats, but still faces ex-State Treasurer Cary Kennedy (D) and State Sen. Mike Johnston (D) in the primary.

It’s not clear what this means for Perlmutter’s House seat, CO-7 in the northern and western Denver suburbs. Perlmutter would likely have no trouble winning a seventh term if he were to drop back down, but reports suggest he is likely to retire entirely, which would leave the open-seat primary field of State Sens. Andy Kerr (D) and Dominick Moreno (D) and State Rep. Brittany Pettersen (D) intact.

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  • RogueBeaver July 10, 2017 at 5:55 pm

    He won’t run for reelection either.

    QC/Blue Tory/M

    • Ryan_in_SEPA July 10, 2017 at 6:49 pm

      Another sign the Dems think their chances at the majority are weak.

      31, PA-6, fiscally conservative communitarian, Giant Meteor 2020 - Just End It Already!

  • HoneyBee July 10, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    Could Bob Beauprez run for his old seat? He could make it competitive

    Former Anti-Trump Rubio supporter in the primaries. Trump is now my favorite Republican

    • Greyhound July 10, 2017 at 6:26 pm

      This seat is only like 2 points left of CO-6 for the record. Not exactly a top target in a GOP president midterm, but not completely out of play for us either.

      R, 26, CA-18. Anti-Anti-Trump

      • Jon July 10, 2017 at 6:31 pm

        This district doesn’t strike me as one likely to much of a drop off during midterms (relative to the average CD).

        45, M, MO-02

        • HoneyBee July 10, 2017 at 6:57 pm

          It probably does more than you think, it’s the most Hispanic district in Colorado. About 29% Hispanic overall and 20% Hispanic CVAP

          Former Anti-Trump Rubio supporter in the primaries. Trump is now my favorite Republican

          • Greyhound July 10, 2017 at 6:59 pm

            Colorado as a whole is 21% Hispanic. It just feels like less because they are unusually well-dispersed in the state.

            R, 26, CA-18. Anti-Anti-Trump

            • HoneyBee July 10, 2017 at 7:02 pm


              Yeah, but only 14.5% Hispanic CVAP. The link I posted above shows it’s the most Hispanic in Colorado

              Former Anti-Trump Rubio supporter in the primaries. Trump is now my favorite Republican

            • krazen1211 July 10, 2017 at 8:12 pm

              If the Dems and the Hispanic groups are remotely honest (they aren’t), I would like to see how a 40+% CVAP Hispanic districts looks on an 8 district map and if it can force an advantageous map for us.

              The trick I think is getting all suburban Dems on 4 sides of Denver and Denver itself shoved into 2 big vote sinks.

              • Greyhound July 10, 2017 at 10:13 pm

                Its not actually that good for us, as maximizing Hispanic % would probably require heading north into the 4th district, and what you are left with is Southeast Denver (which will anchor a D seat) and something very similar to the current 7th (which could easily do so as well). You could easily make a 5-3 D map with once ~40% Hispanic seat in it.

                R, 26, CA-18. Anti-Anti-Trump

    • Wahoowa July 10, 2017 at 8:04 pm

      Please no.


  • edtorres04 July 10, 2017 at 6:17 pm

    Beauprez is pretty old now, but what the heck about Perlmutter?

    • FitchMike26 July 10, 2017 at 8:29 pm

      Perlmutter turned 64 in May; Beauprez turns 69 this September.

      37, PA-7 transplant, born & raised in the current PA-4 (the old PA-17).

    • jncca July 10, 2017 at 10:00 pm

      He only wanted to run if he didn’t have to be an underdog probably. Up or out move. He’s retirement age.

      24, CA-6. Part Obama, Part May, Part Christian Democrat.

      • BostonPatriot July 10, 2017 at 11:01 pm

        Same as Pearce essentially. Those long flights get old by your 60’s.

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